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Expatriate - Updated NASA Data: Global Warming Not Causing Any Polar Ice Retreat - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJourna
This article exposes that Taylor either doesn't understand the data, or he is intentionally misleading his readers.
qfingers - Illinois House panel approves millionaire tax amendment - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
The millionaire tax is the political version of two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. As 100% of the people if 2% ought to pay more and a good majority of the self-centered 98% will vote "heck yeah...it doesn't affect me". A good example of why we have representative government and not a true democracy.
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I am happy for the community to have the Kroc, I also know the YMCA gets $0 help from the government. Let's not forget about them in this community and all they do.
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ja, es ist
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Replacing boehner would be a good start.

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The Philosopher Novelist

1 day, 13 hours ago

Milan Kundera has a strikingly capacious vision of the novel. In an interview with Philip Roth from 1980, he enumerated some of the elements of his fiction: “Ironic essay, novelistic narrative, autobiographical fragment, historic fact, flight of fancy.” The novel that made him famous, The Un
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How to Write About Fashion

1 day, 21 hours ago

Fashion writing is a funny business. Nestled next to lavish ads, it can’t easily say what it really thinks. “Ugly” becomes “conceptual”; “looks like grandma’s nightie” becomes “a return to old-fashioned femininity.” The fashion writer and scholar Anne Hollander—who pinpoint
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Pauline Kael's First Film Review for The New Republic

2 days, 13 hours ago

The most revolutionary thing about Pauline Kael was her voice: wild, undisciplined, impassioned, and, above all, personal. And for that reason, she didn’t last long at the comparatively rigorous New Republic. “[The readers] thought of me as an impertinent snip,” she later said. Sh
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Paid Leave This Week: Breastfeeding Models, Pregnant Marines, and the Worst States for Working Moms

2 days, 15 hours ago

The best and worst states for working mothers: Thinking of having kids? You might not want to move to Indiana, Utah, or Montana, according to a new report by the Institute of Women’s Policy Re
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The Real Democratic Primary: Hillary Versus the Media

2 days, 17 hours ago

Beth Lilly, 29, remembers the first time she felt like the media was doing Hillary Clinton wrong: It was in 1992, when she was just about six years old, and remembers that people weren’t happy about Hillary’s chocolate-chip cookie recipe.The incident was actually one of the most
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Jeb Bush Needs More Evidence for Climate Change Action Than He Does to Start a War

2 days, 17 hours ago

Former Florida governor and likely presidential candidate Jeb Bush had a lot to say about climate change this week, putting to rest prior speculation that he might take a more reaso
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Warren Buffett's Good Idea on the Earned Income Tax Credit Is Bad for Progress

2 days, 19 hours ago

In the Wall Street Journal on Friday, famed investor Warren Buffett made an argument you often hear against raising the minimum wage: increase the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), instead.“I may wish
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The Rites of Spring: Why College Commencement Continues to Matter

2 days, 21 hours ago

We have entered one of the most pleasant rites of spring and summer commencement season.As a teacher at the University of Oklahoma for more than 20 years, I attend our ceremonies once every three years as part of my faculty responsibilities. Though my attendance is a service obligation of my departm
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Will Ireland Vote for Same Sex Marriage?

2 days, 22 hours ago

There’s now a mural of two women embracing on the side of a fifteenth-century castle in the Irish countryside. The man responsible, artist and secondary school teach
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Does Color Even Exist?

3 days, 13 hours ago

Color perception is an ancient and active philosophical problem. It’s an instance of the wider category of sensory perception, but since the color spectrum fits on a single line (unlike, say, touch and taste), it has always been of particular interest. In her new book Outside Color, Unive
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How the Gay Rights Canvassing Study Fell Apart

3 days, 15 hours ago

The public unraveling of one of last year’s highest impact studies, “When contact changes minds: An experiment on transmission of support for gay equality” (Science, December 2014), began the way that many posts for the science watchdog blog Retr
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Marriage Is Evolving. The 'Primates of Park Avenue’ Aren’t.

3 days, 16 hours ago

The New York Times hit the click-bait jackpot this past weekend with Wednesday Martin’s “Poor Little Rich Women,” a piece that detailed the gilded yet impotent lives of expensively educated wives who abandon careers to devote themselves to domesticity on Manhattan’s Upper East Si
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Ukraine Makes Amnesia the Law of the Land

3 days, 16 hours ago

Few Western observers took notice when Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko signed a package of laws last Friday. They should have. The laws, which were rushed through parliament without public debate, strive to provide the country with a
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Rand Paul's Fake Filibuster Was Nakedly Political. Good For Him.

3 days, 18 hours ago

On Wednesday, Rand Paul commandeered the Senate floor to upbraid the NSA’s domestic surveillance apparatus. He promised to filibuster for as long as his legs would allow
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Critics Shouldn't Have to Cover ‘Game of Thrones’ If They Don’t Want To

3 days, 21 hours ago

The critic’s job is to analyze, to illuminate, or (sometimes) to say, “This piece of art is horrible and should feel bad about itself.” But whether a critic explicates or mocks, the question remains: Which piece of art, of all the multifarious arts out there, should get a critic’s attention?
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Australia Is Bad for Celebrity Puppies, Worse for Actual Humans

3 days, 22 hours ago

On last weekend’s episode of “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver had a few choice words to say about my homeland. Australia, he said, is not just the country that gave the world Russell Crowe—it is, in many ways, “the Russell Crowe of countries.”The focus of Oliver’s mockery was Austral
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Science Fiction: Michael LaCour's Gay Rights Canvassing Hoax Shows the Limits of Peer Review

3 days, 22 hours ago

In June of 2013, Columbia University political scientist Donald Green was approached by UCLA graduate student Michael LaCour with some remarkable findings about canvassing work done by Los Angeles LGBT Center: Empathetic conversations between gay canvassers and local residents were able to make last
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Generation PTSD: What the "Trigger Warning" Debate Is Really About

4 days, 13 hours ago

Generals are often accused of fighting the last war, of confronting every foe through the prism of earlier battles. Political polemicists, no less than military leaders, run the risk of conflating the past and present. Over the past few months, some of our sharpest liberal writers have been warning
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Why Won't Twitter Forgive Suey Park?

4 days, 13 hours ago

We are living through a jubilee of internet forgiveness. After many years of being what it is and doing what it does, the Web seems unexpectedly prepared to forgive its debts, free its captives, and start afresh with the mocked and exiled of yesteryear. And, like the biblically mandated jubilees of
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Divestment Won't Hurt Big Oil, and That's OK

4 days, 13 hours ago

Back in 2011, about a dozen Swarthmore students with little experience in advocacy launched the first college campaign to divest from fossil fuels after having learned about the strategy in their peace and conflict studies class. Weeks ago, the Swarthmore campaign suffered its largest setback to dat
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The Culture of Criticism

4 days, 13 hours ago

Wherever we look today in academia, scholars are rushing to defend the Enlightenment ideas of political and individual liberty, human rights, faith in scientific reason, secularism, and the freedom of public debate. Why the worry? These ideas are, after all, enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. And y
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Hillary Clinton as Feminist Children's Book Hero

4 days, 18 hours ago

Like many first ladies before her, Hillary Clinton adopted a fairly common extracurricular during her years in the Oval Office—not gardening, not
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Obama Says Climate Change is About National Security, Days After Reopening Arctic for Drilling

4 days, 18 hours ago

President Barack Obama has already pitched action on climate change as a moral obligation, and inaction as a threat to the economy. On Wednesday, he went a step further, arguing again that climate change poses
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A Bold Republican About-Face: Disavow Iraq War, Attack Hillary From the Left

4 days, 19 hours ago

Asking Republican presidential candidates whether they would have invaded Iraq, “knowing what we know now,” paid an immediate dividend, insofar as it helped cement historical judgment against the war. But if th
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Five Centuries After It Kicked Them Out, Spain Welcomes Back Sephardic Jews

4 days, 20 hours ago

JERUSALEM—Spain expelled some 300,000 Jews in 1492. Now, if everything goes as planned, it’s about to invite their descendants back. And the move has got all of Israel buzzing.The Sephardic Ancestry Bill, which
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One Town Is Going to Try Not Arresting Heroin Users

4 days, 22 hours ago

Police chief Lenny Campanello stood in his office in Gloucester on a Monday morning, wearing a striped button-down shirt and stubble on his face. He looked more like a school principal at the end of a long day than a cop preparing to go to Washington and speak with politicians about the heroin crisi
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Critics Were Completely Wrong About the "Fight for $15" Movement

4 days, 23 hours ago

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council set itself up to raise it
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The Man Booker International Prize Goes Global but Lands Back Home

5 days, 13 hours ago

When Hungarian novelist László Krasznahorkai was announced as the winner of the 2015 Man Booker International, a wave of disappointment could be seen rippling across Twitter, where many of us had been pulling for a non-Anglo, non-European winner.Finally this year, things looked good for literature
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Lethal Entanglements

5 days, 13 hours ago

Two days before the execution, Charles Ryan, the director of the Arizona Department of Corrections, drove to a Phoenix parking lot early in the morning. He was meeting a man he had never seen, though they had spoken by phone a couple of times. The man, a doctor, had once assisted Ryan’s predecesso
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The Joy of Slow Computing

5 days, 13 hours ago

Well-meaning people have, for a good many years now, been forming a “consciousness” about where their food comes from, who produces it, and how. This gets tedious. But it’s also sensible, given how important food is in our lives. Computers, i
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High Noon, Oaxaca

5 days, 13 hours ago

A las cuatro y a las cinco de la mañana    They are getting up and into the backs of old trucks    And heading into the city of Oaxaca    From all over the state of Oaxaca    They are standing up in the back of the trucks    Packed in perhaps twenty men and women    Standin
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Bad Blood

5 days, 17 hours ago

Right now, men who have sex with men are forbidden from donating blood. Ever. Last week, the Food and Drug Administration released much-anticipated
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The Working Mother in 1926 Was a Lot Like a Working Mom Today

5 days, 18 hours ago

In the 1920s, less than a decade after the end of World War I, more women than ever before were participating in the American workforce. The new wave of both blue- and white-collar women in the labor pool brought with it a string of now-familiar challenges and concerns. How would women balance t
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From Homeless to Hollywood: A New Film Built From a Rough Life

5 days, 21 hours ago

A young woman named Harley enters a public library, where her quasi-estranged boyfriend Ilya is illicitly drinking with some friends. She has just purchased some razor blades after Ilya told her that he could only forgive her if she died. She hands him a note: “I’m sorry, OK,” Harley tells him
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Marco Rubio Wants to Scare Americans into Voting for Him

5 days, 21 hours ago

The 2014 midterm was the election of fear, and offered a likely foreshadowing of the strategy the Republicans will use to try and win the White House in 2016. In the midterms, the GOP stacked up impressive victories by brilliantly stoking a nightmare vision of an America about to be overrun by Ebola
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A Makeover Story: Homicidal Sexbot Edition

5 days, 23 hours ago

Ex Machina is just the latest in a long line of movies about mad male scientists trying to build the perfect woman, which in this case is a sex robot. But director Alex Garland offers a twist on this tired device during a scene of sexbot liberation. [Spoiler alert: I have to spoil th
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Could the Boston Marathon Bomber Receive a Fair Trial in Boston?

5 days, 23 hours ago

Last week, defense attorney Judy Clarke stood before the jury in the case of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and urged that mercy be bestowed.The question of Tsarnaev’s guilt had already been settled: The 21-year-old was convicted on April 8 in federal court for his part in the deadly 201
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Banking Left: How the Center Moved After the Financial Crisis

6 days, 1 hour ago

In July 1998, Larry Summers appeared before a Senate committee to argue that a financial product, called an over-the-counter (OTC) derivative, did not need to be regulated. He said that there were only two potential reasons for financial regulation—“to protect retail investors from unscrupulous
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Taking Care of Our Own

6 days, 13 hours ago

This January, in his State of the Union address, President Obama did something that no president has ever done in a venue of this importance: He called for paid family leave. “We are the only advanced country on Earth that doesn’t guarantee paid sick leave or paid maternity leave to our worke
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Two Boys Bathing During a Ceasefire

6 days, 13 hours ago

Up to their waists, the river is calmenough to be false.The older one, lips just-fuzzedwarms a bit of water in his mouthbefore guiding an indigo braidover the younger’s shoulders.For he had been shivering.He had been shiveringall night. For the body, touchedby newer terrors, becomes a wingattempti
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First Wives Club

6 days, 13 hours ago

When NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt announced to TV critics, in July 2013, that the network was producing a four-hour miniseries based on the life and political career of Hillary Clinton, the backlash was swift. NBC news anchor Andrea Mitchell worried the series would reflect badly on NBC’s news divi
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Welcome to Literature’s Duchamp Moment

6 days, 13 hours ago

Postmodernism is now a rather unmeaning term, dulled by overuse, and unfit to describe a new group of authors of varying ages and nationalities who are often lumped together under its umbrella: Ben Lerner, Sophie Calle, Teju Cole, Tom McCarthy, Alejandro Zambra, Siri Hustvedt, Michel Houellebecq, Sh
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Data-Driven Policing

6 days, 16 hours ago

President Obama on Monday made Camden the staging ground for his late
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The 'Mad Men' Finale Wasn't As Cynical As You Think

6 days, 18 hours ago

“The reason you haven't felt [love] is because it doesn't exist,” Don Draper told Rachel Mencken in the show’s first episode, back in 1960 by way of 2007. “What you call love was invented by guys like me, to sell nylons.” It was one of “Mad Men”’s first memorable lines, but like so m
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The Branding of an American President

6 days, 19 hours ago

These days, a website, a YouTube video, and a kickoff speech will often accompany each presidential campaign rollout.And all will be accented by a campaign logo.So far, Hillary Clinton’s logo has received the lion’s share of media attention for its 
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Elizabeth Warren Sees Broken Promises in Obama's Trade Agenda

6 days, 22 hours ago

President Barack Obama and his associates have responded to every attack on their trade agenda from Senator Elizabeth Warren by claiming she throws around empty rhetoric, disconnected to the realities of the world. Monday morning, Warren’s office released a report that reverses the positions. In W
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You Can’t Reform the Criminal Justice System by Cutting Costs

6 days, 23 hours ago

The current bipartisan consensus on the need to pursue criminal justice reform has been heralded—again, and
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Charles Murray and the Right's Plan to Subvert Democracy

1 week ago

Early last week, a watchdog website hosted by People for the American Way, a liberal advocacy group, reacted with alarm to a political-legal strategy outlined in a new
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Class Matters

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When some parents look into the future and see widespread uncertainty, they want to raise their children to be flexible, adaptable, and resilient. But in doing so, are they readying children for a brave new world of possibility, or lowering their expectations about commitment? We don’t know what
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My Students Need Trigger Warnings—and Professors Do, Too

1 week ago

“Rape” comes to English from the Latin rapere, “to seize.” When I teach Alexander Pope’s “The Rape of the Lock”—an early eighteenth-century poem about the true story of Arabella Fermor, whose suitor Lord Petre clipped off a salient lock of her hair as a keepsake—this is th
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The Wonder of the Whitney

1 week ago

When you start mapping the most significant new buildings for America’s cultural institutions completed over the last 15 years—Rem Koolhaas’s crystalline Seattle Central Library, Frank Gehry’s titanic Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Tadao Ando’s serene expansion of the Clark Art Institute in t
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When "Holocaust" Became "The Holocaust"

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In the course of reporting "A Liberator, But Never Free," about the recent discovery of the late Dr. David Wilsey’s letters home from the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp, one intriguing semantic anomaly transf
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Other People’s Playlists

1 week ago

I like to poke into the furthest reaches of Spotify’s database, in search of songs that have been heard little, if at all. I start with someone popular but a bit weird, like Peter Gabriel, and then I click on the “Related Artists” tab and up pops a set of similar musicians: Sting, Dire Straits
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A Liberator, But Never Free

1 week ago

Above, clockwise from top left: Captain David Wilsey in 1944; his pass to Dachau; and his Bronze Star, earned during World War II.The silence must have frightened Emily Wilsey. In the seven months since her husband had gone to war, Captain David Wilsey, a 30-year-old anesthesiologist with the 116th
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Close Mount Everest and Turn It Into a Memorial

1 week, 1 day ago

I fear it is probably true to say that I have been acquainted with the upper slopes of Mount Everest in Nepal for longer than anyone else alive—ever since, in fact, I welcomed Ed Hillary and Tenzing Norgay down from the first ascent of its summit on May 29, 1953.Over the decades since then my feel
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The Hypocrisy of College Sports Drug Policies, in Two News Stories

1 week, 2 days ago

On Thursday, Indiana University men's basketball head coach Tom Crean announced that he had cut Devin Davis and Hanner Mosquera-Perea from the progra
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John Legend Needs You To Know Why This Young Man Is Dead

1 week, 2 days ago

So much of our nation's bigoted past and present is justified with the word tradition: It’s how the privileged rationalize unequal treatment, an easy way to explain away separation and stratification. Sometimes we even say it to shrug off something we know is wrong.In the South, racially segregate
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Top Ten Facts About David Letterman’s Top Ten List, According to Former Head Writer Steve O’Donnell

1 week, 2 days ago

Well before Late Night with David Letterman, there were top ten lists. (The Commandments were only the most famous.) But until 1985, when a gap-toothed former weatherman read them aloud on NBC, they had not been done with such irreverence and verve. The origins of the “Top Ten,” as it
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Jonathan Franzen's “Bad” Sex Writing Isn't His Fault

1 week, 2 days ago

No contemporary novelist lends himself to easy mockery so readily as Jonathan Franzen, usually for his off-putting public persona as a scold with excessively aggressive views on Oprah, tweeting, and the proper care of 
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The Time Anna Kendrick Said I Smelled Like an Old Cinnamon Cupcake

1 week, 3 days ago

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Instill Life

1 week, 3 days ago

Controversy has a logic of its own that tends to obscure the particulars of whatever caused the uproar; those caught in its shadow might recede for a time, only to be sucked back into its vortex the next time the debate is once again brought to the forefront of public consciousness. So when discuss
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Those Mythological Men and Their Sacred, Supersonic Flying Temples

1 week, 3 days ago

On January 4, at the annual Indian Science Congress in Mumbai, Anand Bodas, a former principal of a pilot-training academy, and a professor named Ameya Jadhav presented a joint paper titled “Ancient Indian Aviation Technology.”
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Child Care Isn't Just a Personal Problem. It's an Economic One, Too.

1 week, 3 days ago

“You look so…well rested,” a woman recently told a friend of mine, upon learning that she had a four-month old. “It was like I didn’t have the right to look well rested—I wasn’t being appropriately sacrificial,” my friend told me. Such is the expectation of parenting’s onerousness
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America Is Finally Getting Its First Offshore Wind Farm. Conservatives Are Trying to Make Sure It’s the Last.

1 week, 3 days ago

European countries long ago decided to take the long-term view of clean energy. Denmark put up its first wind turbine offshore 24 years ago, in 1991; today, Europe has at least 70 complete wind farms and 2,300 turbines in its waters. The United States is just getting started on catching up to its t
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Jeb Folded on Iraq, But the New GOP Consensus Won't Save Us From More Foolish Wars

1 week, 3 days ago

Only a few minutes after we published this article, which argued that Jeb Bush had tacitly—perhaps unknowingly—admitted that the war in Iraq was a mistake, he came out and said so categorica
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Jeb Bush Admitted the Iraq War Was a Mistake—He Just Doesn't Realize It Yet

1 week, 3 days ago

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Life Is "Triggering." The Best Literature Should Be, Too.

1 week, 3 days ago

Sadly, the decline in free speech at American universities, and the proliferation of ludicrous “trigger warning” mandates for books and courses, are topics covered largely by the right-wing media, so often I must hold my nose as I examine their sources. But even a right-wing venue can get stuff
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I Was David Letterman's Adopted Daughter (But Only for a Day)

1 week, 3 days ago

I was eleven years old in 1994 when I started watching Late Show with David Letterman. My mother’s depression had gotten worse and her drinking more frequent. When I was younger, I tended toward Super Mario Brothers and The Baby-Sitters C
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The Deterioration of the Christian Right Is Imminent

1 week, 4 days ago

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If You Want to See What Revolutionary Workplace Policies Really Look Like, Watch '9 to 5'

1 week, 4 days ago

When I was in my twenties and worked as a secretary—a job that had then recently been rebranded “assistant”—my female colleagues and I used to go out drinking at a dive bar with a jukebox that was heavily stocked with country music. Just about every week, we women—overworked, underpaid, an
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The Film Buff’s Tour of New York

1 week, 4 days ago

We glance up at our screens, where Woody Allen and Diane Keaton share a bench in the Manhattan twilight, the lights of the Queensboro Bridge glowing in the distance. Taking in the glorious view of the East River, he tells her, “Th
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Obama's Trade Deal Is Still Alive, But House Democrats Are Itching to Kill It

1 week, 4 days ago

On Wednesday, Senate Democrats and Republicans reached an agreement on a bill to give President Barack Obama “fast-track” authority that is key to the completion of the Trans P
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Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Get Hired

1 week, 4 days ago

On Monday, 27 senators asked President Barack Obama to take executive action to ban federal agencies and contractors from asking about applicants’ criminal histories until later in the hiring proces
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House Republicans Aim to Cut Amtrak Funding the Day After Philadelphia Derailment

1 week, 4 days ago

A New York–bound Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia last night, leaving at least six passengers dead and more than 200 in
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The 2016 Candidates Aren’t Talking About Climate Change Because Voters Don’t Care

1 week, 4 days ago

Republican New Jersey governor and presidential hopeful Chris Christie briefly made news last week when he said that global warming is real and that “human activity contributes to it.”Yet as a
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America Doesn't Need Another 'Contract With America'—Not Even a Liberal One

1 week, 5 days ago

Bill de Blasio says he wants to do what Newt Gingrich did in 1994, but for progressives. Maybe he should stop saying that.The New York mayor, joined by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and economist Joseph Stiglitz, 
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Hillary Is Passing 2016's Biggest Test—and Jeb Is Flunking

1 week, 5 days ago

In America, in 2015, large swaths of people with wildly differing political ideologies—and, in some cases, wildly differing factual and analytical premises—are converging on a series of assumptions they didn’t always share. The list is long, but it includes the following, timely opinions: that
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The Loneliness of Sy Hersh

1 week, 5 days ago

Ten years ago, Sy Hersh was a widely celebrated journalist, considered one of the best at digging up the dark secrets behind the official stories of our various wars. Now, with his 
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Goldman Sachs Is Right: Millennial Moms Still Run Households

1 week, 5 days ago

On Monday, the research team at Goldman Sachs released a new report titled “Millennial Moms” that garnered significant interest throughout the financial world. Shane Ferro, writing at Business Insider, picked up on
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One Reason Obama Might Open the Arctic to Drilling: China

1 week, 6 days ago

President Barack Obama says climate change is a priority, and his recent track record suggests that he’s serious. But he's also taking some big steps backwards as well: On Monday, he cleared a major hurdle for Royal Dutch Shell to explore untapped oil reserves in the Arctic, 70 miles off the coast
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In Defense of 'Uppity-ism'

1 week, 6 days ago

It became clear during the 2008 presidential campaign that America was going to have some real trouble handling the prospect of a black president of the United States and a black first lady. Despite hip-hop having defined much of pop culture since the 1980s, a fist bump was all of a sudden unfamilia
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Fembots Have Feelings Too

1 week, 6 days ago

Leave it to a man to invent a woman just because he has something to prove. In 1982, Frank Jackson first proposed the influential thought experiment, Mary’s Room, in an article called “Epiphenomenal Qu
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How Social Scientists Try—and Sometimes Fail—to Predict Riots

1 week, 6 days ago

A recent NBC/WSJ poll, conducted during the first three days of Baltimore's curfew last month, found that 96 percent of Americans believe racially charged unrest wil
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Trade Deals Are Giving Corporations the Power to Intimidate Tiny Countries

1 week, 6 days ago

Alejandro Guevara hasn’t slept. There was a death in La Maraña, and Guevara, the vice president of the community environmental association, spent the night at the wake. Still, he doesn’t skip a beat as he describes recent violence in his small Salvadoran village, running dates and names, his ow
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Paid Leave Is Going to Matter in 2016, Thanks to John Oliver and Hillary Clinton

1 week, 6 days ago

John Oliver’s Mother’s Day segment this Sunday opened with a glimpse into what businesses are willing to take in the name of motherhood (namely: your money, on this shamelessly Hallmarkian holiday) versus what they’re willing to give: paid maternity leave.Oliver pointed out that the United Sta
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Obama Is Right: Elizabeth Warren Is “a Politician Like Everybody Else”

1 week, 6 days ago

On Friday, President Barack Obama sat down with Yahoo’s Matt Bai to promote the
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Mike Huckabee Is Prepared to Blow Up Republicans' Big Ruse

2 weeks ago

By the time the sixth or seventh candidate enters a Republican presidential primary, it’s usually tough to identify a unique quality that distinguishes him from those who came before. Most of the predictable niches—the Establishment candidate, the Religious Right candidate, the Conservative Abso
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A Message for the British Labour Party: Don't Ally With Separatists

2 weeks ago

In the wake of Thursday’s British election, the Labour Party was trounced by the Conservatives in England and nearly extinguished in Scotland by a mass defection of voters to the Scottish National Party (SNP). The Quebec separatist party, the Block Quebecois (BQ), saw this as good news, sending
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The 'Cannibal Cop' Was a Creep, Not a Criminal

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What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done on the Internet? Obsessively Googled an old high school crush? Deleted a critical comment on something you wrote?  Purchased porn? Most of us have typed, searched, or watched something that we regret; the anonymous nature of the medium facilitates such su
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My Mom Worked Tirelessly for Me Throughout My Childhood and All I Got Her Was This Lousy Book

2 weeks, 1 day ago

My mother was a discriminating reader, not a voracious one. She was the kind of book-lover who cruised the shelves for big, perspective-changing stories. Don't waste her time with intellectual yackety-yak, ridiculous plot turns, or titillating celebrity anecdotes—just give her a page-turner with s
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The Risks of Siding With French Secularism

2 weeks, 1 day ago

In the past few weeks, the American literary elite have divided into two camps over the PEN America Center’s decision to give its Freedom of Expression Courage Award to Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical weekly whose staff was massacred by Muslim extremists in January. The battle feature
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How to Make a Good Film About Writing

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In Wim Wenders’s very earnest new film Every Thing Will Be Fine, James Franco plays a young writer, Tomas, who is involved in a fatal accident and can’t seem to decide if it has affected him badly or not. The inference one is probably expected to draw is that it has had an adverse effe
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Welfare Is the Best Weapon Against Nepotism

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With another round of Bush versus Clinton looming (and everyone putting aside time to call their moms this Sunday), nepotism is enjoying something of a renaissance in certain corners of America. Yesterday, Kevin D. Williamson of National Review Online 
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Could Republicans Pass an Energy Bill That (Modestly) Acts on Climate Change?

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Senate Energy and Natural Resources chairwoman Lisa Murkowski hopes that for the first time since 2007, Congress will pass a broad energy package this year. And maybe, the Alaska Republican suggested to reporters on Thursday, the GOP package will even take modest action on climate change.“So m
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Hollywood Is Finally Making Way for the Female Loser

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A recent late-night surf through the cable landscape rendered in me an odd sense of déjà vu–and the vu (or is it the déjà?) was junior high. There's Seth Rogen, cradling his bong after salvaging it from the pile of his belongings, post-earthquake, alongside an expectant Katherine Heigl. A ch
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The Aesthetic Failure of 'Charlie Hebdo'

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Over the last few weeks, the U.S. literary community has had an intense, divisive debate about a magazine that, until this year, almost no one in the English-speaking world had ever heard of, let alone read. The shouting match started after the PEN American Center decided to give the
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British Politics Could Get Very Nasty

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A few weeks ago Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was reported as declaring in private to a French diplomat that she wanted David Cameron and the Tories to win the
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India’s War on Environmental Activists

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Within a month, Greenpeace could close its India office of 300 staffers, because Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration has frozen its assets. The situa
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Is Something Wrong with the Economy?

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Is something wrong with the economy? Just a few months after economists predicted that 2015 would be a banner year for the economy, the data are telling the opposite story.The latest evidence of an economic slowdown came on Friday when the Labor Department
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